India remains committed to Paris climate deal despite USA withdrawal

Gwen Vasquez
June 3, 2017

Earlier on Friday, Modi attended for the first time the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), an annual business and economic event hosted by the Russian President.

On Saturday, Modi will hold his first meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

"Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations", Modi said while responding to a question about US President Donald Trump announcing withdrawal of the U.S. from the Climate Change deal.

South Africa said the USA has a "moral obligation" to support poorer countries in the global effort against climate change.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies", the leaders of France, Italy, and Germany said in a rare joint statement. "They don't want to recognize this mistake right now".

Putin took the opportunity to again deny any Russian involvement in election-related hacking and to question the need for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, calling it a relic of the Cold War against a Soviet Union that no longer exists.

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Putin said the 2015 Paris accord was a good document, but that Russian Federation had not yet ratified it because it was waiting for certain technical details to be settled. "And I know the world will minutely scrutinize every word for future direction of our relations".

Modi said India is investing massivly in renewable energy and it has set an ambitious target of adding 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022.

"We can not exploit the nature". "This does not include nuclear energy but is only solar, wind, biomass and hydro (power)".

He recalled that when he was the chief minister of Gujarat before 2014, the state had created a separate department for environment protection.

The Prime Minister said the slogan of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" was not applicable only in India but also for the whole world. He even tried to calm an inquisitive Kelly by asking: "Isn't there a pill they can give you?"

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